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Old 10-22-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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SV1000 ... track bike?

So, I see a lot more 650 track/race bikes than I do the 1Ks ... are the 650 just that much more fun to ride than the 1K SVs?
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:08 PM   #2
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If I were gonna get a 1000cc V-twin, it would be RC-51, Ducati, or Aprilia.

I'm probably not the only one
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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We've sponsored a couple of SV1000 race bikes.
In theory it should be a good combo; an SV650 with liter bike power.
In practice, not so much.
They're a good bike, but take a lot to make track worthy.
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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If I were gonna get a 1000cc V-twin, it would be RC-51, Ducati, or Aprilia.

I'm probably not the only one
Which would be pretty expensive to fix them in case of a crash. The RC51 would be a with the radiators on the side and I once saw the cost for a Ducati tank .. almost as much as the bike (exaggerated ).

Wormgear rocks an SV1000 and he seems to be happy with it. SV650s are of course fun when you pass liter bikes on one .

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<------ RC51 for this guy
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:15 PM   #6
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They're a good bike, but take a lot to make track worthy.
<---- Well the SV650 also needs some investment to make it rideable on the track . Remember, we've been through this
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The SV1000 can be made to handle really well, and is much cheaper than the other bikes mentioned.
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:24 PM   #8
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The SV1000 can be made to handle really well, and is much cheaper than the other bikes mentioned.
True, but the post orginator was asking about it in comparison to an SV650.

Some of the things to know when dealing with the big SV. After 2004 the fork cartridges are non serviceable, so modifying the valving / shim stack is a difficult / expensive process.

The engine has been known to have rod bearing failures when run at extended high rpms.

They do not crash well, and almost no parts off a 650 will work.

We've won 1 championship with one we built / supported, and was winning another when Luke broke his back at TWS (Texas World Speedway).

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So, I see a lot more 650 track/race bikes than I do the 1Ks ... are the 650 just that much more fun to ride than the 1K SVs?
By mine cheap it would be a smokin track bike
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:59 PM   #10
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I like mine but really canít compare it to anything. Iíve only ridden it and a borrowed 750 on the track. I treated the borrowed 750 like a baby. I got mine because it was available when the money was burning a hole in my pocket for a good price. It was already moded with a Penske shock, traxxion fork internals, race plastics and some other goodies (X-Race bike). It keeps up with and passes some 600ís on the straight at TWS (Texas World Speedway) but the new zx6 pulls me there a little. 750ís and 1000 inlines eat my lunch. Iím pretty sure itís heavier than any of them. I think it handles extremely well but again, canít really compare it to a lighter, probably more flickable bike. The low end torque is great and itís very forgiving if you start a turn in too high a gear. It is a VERY stable bike on the track.
After riding it for two seasons on the track Iím thinking I might like to try an inline for a while.
Anybody wanna talk trade?
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Old 10-22-2009, 04:43 PM   #12
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Depends on whose riding it, Tony. lol

Didn't know they switched to those carts Patrick. Like the ZX6 ones?
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